In our experience, most folks, including ourselves don’t have enough of an understanding of risk and the role it plays in our lives and careers and so we have made a concerted effort as a team to have conversations about risk with our interviewees. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Monica Bandini | Mind & Body Professional Yoga & Meditation Teacher. Creator. Entrepreneur.

I believe the reward of taking risks is not actually winning or losing; the reward is evolution. I feel like I’ve lived 4 lifetimes in one. I’ve gone with the flow as best I can, and even though it might be painful, life is a cycle of rebuilding your identity. If ever I feel too comfortable, that’s my signal to make a change. Read more>>

Mark Carneiro | Risk taker

Well, for the past year or so I’ve been taking risks. It all started on April 18th, 2021 when I created a YouTube channel, while I was finishing my fourth year in college. I was more focused and motivated to succeed with YouTube then I was with my classes. I ended up withdrawing from my classes that semester and just went all the way on YouTube. I spent around a year trying to grow in there, but it wasn’t changing. I started to think that maybe I made a mistake dropping out of collage. I then stopped making videos for a little while. Read more>>

Christie Smith | Artist/Gallery Owner

I consider myself a calculated risk taker. I played three collegiate sports- basketball, softball and golf. I became an LPGA golf professional and had a very successful 20 year career. It never seemed like I was taking risks because I believed in myself. I always would find solutions and could move forward to achieve my goals. When you play sports you realize you want always win – it’s on the days you don’t win you can really learn how to be better. Competing in golf is all about risk management. There are so many variables you cannot control all you can do is manage yourself. Read more>>

Alejandra Franco | Interior Designer / Fiber Artist

The most important decisions are always the most difficult ones, taking risks is a natural aspect of life. The unknown it what makes everything so scary, but there is no better feeling than looking back and realize that your fears were not bigger than your dreams. I started @woventimes very scared to “put my art out there”, to be so vulnerable and allow people to see it and judge it. I regret nothing now, it has been a fun process and I can’t wait to see how it grows and evolves. Life is now! Take the risk! Read more>>

Raquel Contreras | Escrow Assistant and Business Development

Honestly, I believe risk taking is an absolute crucial part of success, especially in your career. If you think about the definition of risk it means exposing someone or something of value to danger or a chance of loss. Emphasis on the “chance of loss” part. Anytime you’re thinking of taking a risk and you start to feel hesitant it is because of the possibility of #1, failure (obviously), but #2 can sometimes mean that you’re jeopardizing losing everything you have been working towards, something you have put countless hours of effort into. Read more>>

Bunny Beaumont | Burlesque Performer & The Good Time Ghouls

Taking risks and fear are very similar to me. You never know how things are going to turn out. There is no right or wrong answer and you have no clue how your decisions will effect you until you actually go through with them. I was in a band in my early 20’s and that wasn’t my thing. I didn’t feel in charge of my creativity in that environment. I started The Good Time Ghouls (Horror Hosts) with my best friend, Gail Savage (Holy Gail) but those events mostly took place in just October. Starting burlesque at 40 was a huge risk. What if I’m not any good? Read more>>

Zoë Boston | Creative, Muralist, Singer

I think risk is an essential part of a life well lived. You either take risks or always wonder what could have happened if you had only gave it a shot. I believe that there is a balance to risk. It may be to your detriment to be consistently reckless but a good calculated risk is usually always worth taking! Risk taking has played a huge roll in my life and career. If it wasn’t for the risk I took in relocating my entire life across the country and leaving everything behind, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Was it easy? Not at all. Read more>>

Angelina Paldzyan | Brand Owner, Fashion/Jewelry Designer & Photographer

To be honest, I’m generally not a risk taker. I believe in planning. I love excel sheets. I tend to stay very calculated with most of my decisions, but everything I’ve accomplished thus far has involved taking risks with little to no expectations in mind. Choosing to study fashion design instead of a major that would lead to a reliable career path was a risk. Using my savings to start a business was a risk. Reinvesting and releasing new collections are always a risk. Read more>>

Matt Bozzone | Musician / Drummer / Percussionist

Taking calculated risks have been vital to advancing my career as a musician and living my dreams. A few months after I graduated college, I took the safe route, moved to Boston, and accepted a job doing doing sales. I worked for a great company and made a lot of money for a recent graduate in his mid-twenties. However, I was ultimately unfulfilled, hated the brutal winters in Boston, and felt like I was not being true to myself. Music was the thing that I was passionate about and I wanted to live somewhere warm. So in July 2010 I moved to San Diego for a change of lifestyle. Read more>>

Andrea Rodriguez | Freelance Marketing Consultant

Taking risks is scary and uncomfortable, but always worth it in the end. Last year, I realized I hated my job in the corporate world, but I stayed longer than I should have because leaving was ‘risky.’ Even though my day-to-day was absolutely miserable, my income was steady, and I was pretty comfortable. But soon I realized that being complacent was never going to get me anywhere. So one day I woke up and decided it was time to quit. Read more>>